Wonder Woman - The New 52 Picture

Wonder Woman's costumes continued.

In 2011, DC Comics relaunched its universe under the New 52 initiative. This re-branding saw the company rebooting its most popular characters and establishing them in more accessible narratives. Wonder Woman was one of its most successful relaunches. Under the pen of Brian Azzarello, Wonder Woman embarked on a series of mythologically-based adventures and featured her befriending a host of off-beat characters. Azzarello's unique take on the Amazing Amazon proved quite popular and saw a surge in sales for the character. It's also worth mentioning that I included the first major arc of his run on my list of top 20 greatest Wonder Woman stories. In addition to her solo title, Wonder Woman also appeared in Geoff Johns and Jim Lee's "Justice League." As one of the founding members, she was portrayed as a relentless warrior whose connection to Steve Trevor complicated the League's connection to the US government. While her characterization in the title has been uneven, Johns has granted Wonder Woman more panel time than most other League writers and has allowed the character's mythology to be fleshed out beyond what we see in her solo title. DC Comics has invested further in the character by giving her a second title in the New 52, Superman/Wonder Woman, exploring the romance between the Man of Steel and the Amazing Amazon. Most recently, Meredith and David Finch have been announced as the new creative team for Wonder Woman's title and will be succeeding Azzarello's blockbuster run. I wish them the best of luck!

Jim Lee was responsible for redesigning MANY of DC Comics' characters for the New 52. One of the most talked about inadvertently ended up being Wonder Woman. Initially, she was given pants but they were eschewed prior to publication. For his run on Justice League, Lee illustrated Wonder Woman in a highly detailed crimson bodice with a stylized double-W breastplate. He drew her wearing structured briefs with two stars on the hips, as well as black and white boots that featured thick heels and a tapered stripe that ended around her ankle. Lee's version of the costume also featured a variety of accessories. This included her Amazon bracelets, a silver armband, a choker with a red star detail, a small Sailor Moon-like tiara, and a strap on her thigh to hold her sword. For her solo title, Cliff Chiang altered the look. His version was much more streamlined and has proven to be the more popular of the two. His version is notable for featuring a simpler bodice, a double-W breastplate without the eagle head, a belt that wraps completely around her waist, ridged bracelets, briefs without seaming, a choker that matches her arm band, and a more traditional tiara. Personally, I love the New 52 look. It gets her away from looking like an American flag (ugh, finally!) and gives her a really badass vibe. It helps that she's been drawn by such talented artists too!

For those interested, I've extensively reviewed many of the trade paperbacks from the New 52 initiative that have featured Wonder Woman. You can check out the links to these reviews below.

Justice League: Origin divas-femmes-fatales.blogspot.…
Justice League: The Villain's Journey divas-femmes-fatales.blogspot.…
Justice League: Throne of Atlantis divas-femmes-fatales.blogspot.…

Wonder Woman: Blood divas-femmes-fatales.blogspot.…
Wonder Woman: Guts divas-femmes-fatales.blogspot.…
Wonder Woman: Iron divas-femmes-fatales.blogspot.…

Also, the rest of Wonder Woman's costumes can be found in my gallery in the costume chronology section. Simply click the following link to get there: femmes-fatales.deviantart.com/…

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